Ohhh We’re Halfway There…

Ohh ohhhh living on the treadmill.  Doesn’t rhyme, but that seems like a more fitting version of the song for right now.  However, I did finally get some runs outside this past week!  7 weeks of half marathon training down, 7 weeks to go.

My coughing was pretty bad during these treadmill runs this week, but I’m slowly weening myself off the cough-drops.

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Have a look at this past week’s training:

Monday – 8.25 miles in 1:06:15 (8:01 avg pace)

This was a pretty average run on the treadmill – 8 miles normal + .25 hard to finish.  Just made up a little pattern of increasing and decreasing speeds.

Tuesday – 6 miles in 49:20 (8:13 avg pace)

Again, treadmill-ing it up.  This was supposed to be 7 miles, but I was not having it.  Figured it was OK to shorten a little after being sick last week.  To soothe my cough, I bought a little pint of my favorite ice cream….

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I also justified it because it was Valentine’s day the past weekend so I needed to treat myself since nobody else was going to.

Wednesday – 9 miles w/ 2 x 2 miles tempo

This workout ended up being tougher than I hoped.  My mile repeats went really well last week (6:44 pace for each, on the ‘mill) and I planned to do these closer to race pace.  It was still way too cold out so this was done on the treadmill.  I started with a 2.5 mile easy warm-up, then went into my first 2 mile tempo keeping the pace at 7:08.  It was hard towards the end, but I got through it.  After an easy half mile at 7.0 (8:34 pace), I started the 2nd tempo and made it only half mile before mentally giving up and hitting the big red stop button….

I took a bathroom break and came back to the treadmill thinking I’d just finish up a few more miles at a normal pace.  After a half mile at 7.5 (8:00 pace), I decided to “woman-up” and do the 2nd tempo segment.  I even set the pace for this one at 7:03 and got through the whole thing!  The last mile of it was rougher than I would’ve like though.  But it was done.  And that is what’s important.

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(I read in Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In that this quote is on the wall at the Facebook office, so I think about it sometime in regards to both running and my work and this blog.)

Technically, my plan said to do 2 or 3 x 2 mile so I didn’t “over”achieve like I would’ve liked to, but it was still a solid 9 mile run and I proved to myself that I COULD do it, even after moments of doubt.

Thursday – 6.6 miles in 53:50 (8:06 avg pace) + SoulCycle class

The plan for Thursday was 10 miles, but I had a SoulCycle class planned with a vendor for work at 7:30pm.  So I left the office with just enough time to get home and get in 10 miles, but I soon realized that due to my fatigued leg’s from Wednesday’s workout and the extremely strong winds, I definitely wasn’t going to make it 10 miles.  But since I had the SoulCycle class scheduled, I figured the combo of a shorter run + the class would suffice.

Friday – OFF

I had run the past 6 days straight and I was really feeling the past few hard days, so Friday seemed like a great day to take off of running/working out.  It helped knowing that Sunday would be much better weather than Friday too.

Saturday – 13.35 miles in 1:46:00 (7:56 avg pace)

Sunday – 5.5 miles in 42:30 (7:44 avg pace)

TOTAL – 48.7 miles + 1 SoulCycle class

Getting close to 50 miles in a week!!  Fun fact: I’ve only run over 50 miles in a week once, during the summer of 2009 and that was because I ran 7 days that week.  My next highest and the only other time I ran more miles in a week than this past week was one week during the fall of 2013 when I did 2 20-mile runs in the same week while training for the Chicago Marathon.

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Good thing I was blogging regularly back then so I can go back and read about those 2 long runs here and here.

So yeah, big things ahead now that I’m actually committing to the mileage and following through on it.  Usually I’m just a lot of talk and not a lot of follow-through.

Have you ever quit in the middle of a workout and then end up getting back in the zone to finish?

What is a quote that has resonated with you lately?

What is your PR for highest weekly mileage?

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